Lay lady Leyburns

Another finished pair of socks, another happily made for a gift. This time these are for my mother in law who lives on the other side of the globe. I’ve not only finished something for her (we’ve had a running joke for a couple of years about my ‘sock list’), I’ve finished them well in time to send and arrive beforeher birthday in July.

Leyburns are the third pair of socks in the Super Special Six Personal Sock Club 2011. Though I’m starting to rename this as the ‘Super Special Six Giveaway Sock Club 2011′. I had no hesitation committing the randomly chosen yarn of Colinette Jitterbug to this pattern. I think its one of the few that really lends to multicoloured yarn. So much so, I may end up knitting a pair for myself in a Rasperry version of Jitterbug sitting in my stash and just begging to be knit.

I’ve heard a few grumbles about this pattern, though there were none from me. Once I’d made a few modifications that is. These are knit toe up using Judy’s Magic Cast On. If you don’t know about this cast on, seriously, you’re missing an opportunity to embrace sock knitting with a smile. It’s just so good. There are no final 8-12 toe stitches to Kitchener stitch together and the finish is lovely and smooth.  When I arrived at the heel I did change this to a Gusset and Slip Stitch version, referring to a well used book – “Socks from the Toe Up” by Wendy Johnson. Also a good investment.

I continued on as per the quilt stitch pattern on the top of the foot/instep, though decreased the stitch count on the back part of the leg by 1 to 24 so I could add 2×2 rib. My MIL has smaller feet and ankles than I do and I wanted to ensure they’d stay up on her leg. Not knowing just how stretchy the pattern would result, I figured I couldn’t go wrong with 2×2 rib.

I hope she likes them and wears them.

4 thoughts on “Lay lady Leyburns

  1. I am sure she will love them! And beg for more!
    And I totally agree with you about jury’s magic cast on – I would never use a different one for toe up socks!

  2. They look great and I am sure your mil will love them
    I love Judy’s magic cast on – it is the best!

  3. Oh they really do look great, such an excellent gift. I’m with you on that cast on too and the gusset heel as well. Nice work!

  4. They look lovely and I’m sure your mil will love them 😀

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